Beyond Your Bubbe’s Latkes

I love making latkes, and like most of us, I have my preferred ways of serving the latke. Last year I prepared Mini Dill Latkes with Lemon Creme Fraiche, which I loved for the combination of rich fried potato paired with fresh lemon and dill flavors. I haven’t settled on what to make this year, but this Potato Latke with Smoked Salmon and Soft Boiled Quail Egg is a leading contender, not only for the runny yoke, but also for the use of duck fat.

There are countless latke varieties to choose from, and some top notch Hanukkah compilations this year, so I’ve put together a few of my favorite sites to help as you prepare to put your own spin on the holiday.

Epicurious has put together some of the best of Hanukkah including gift guides, Latin inspired Hanukkah recipes and Doughnut Dos and Don’ts in their Hanukkah Holiday Guide.

The Food Ne

twork also has their own Holiday Central for Hanukkah.

Gail Simmons, who you might know from Top Chef, offers her Hanukkah Favorites on Food and Wine including her own mother’s recipe for traditional potato latkes, and this drool-inducing recipe for Sephardi style Doughnuts in Cardamom Syrup.

Here is a real Hanukkah original: Zucchini Latkes with Red Pepper Jelly and Smoked Trout for those of you looking for an adventurous alternative.

What varieties of latkes and other Hanukkah treats will you be serving up this year? We want to hear about your family’s traditions, and your twists on the classics too!

Keep on Noshing

What is a Latke?

Pronounced either lot-key or lot-kuh, the origin of the word is Yiddish and means something along the lines of "little oily thing."

Coconut Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce and Cardamom Mascarpone

Coconut gives the latkes a subtle flavor and extra crunch.

Michelin Star Latkes and Sufganiyot

What can a Michelin Star chef teach a nice Jewish girl about frying latkes? A lot!